THE PERSON OF THE WEEK, #4: DASHA SHLEYEVA
Dasha Shleyeva is 5’4” and a half. This week I sat at a table twice out on the front patio of the Bye and Bye with Dasha drawing her face, and a scuba man and some other people at other tables (I think I am going to draw the Person of the Week each week from here on out). The first time I used her color pencils, because I didn’t have any, and I had so much fun that I went to buy my own color pencils and then asked her if she wanted to meet up at the same table and draw again a few days later so we did. The first time I met Dasha, she was working as a barista at 26 Cafe. We started talking about poetry and she said she was then reading Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, and I was like OMG because I actually had Bluets in my bag at that exact time. I showed her and we were both like OMG! Of all the books! One time when I was home during winter break my mom and I were looking at my mom’s Facebook page together, and a Frontier Airlines ad on the side panel had Dasha’s face on it, like she was a very satisfied customer in some plane seat, with bright blue sky and clouds behind her. I told my mom casually that that was my friend Dasha, but I don’t think she really believed me. Or maybe it was Alaska Airlines. Dasha has also been a mummy on a Disney show, a girl scout on Mad TV, Amanda Bynes’ double on All That and a crazy fan extra on a Lindsay Lohan music video. Dasha is a very talented musician too, like way more talented than Lindsay Lohan. She plays bass for Brainstorm, and has been touring around the country with them lately. You can watch them play and talk about their music here. Dasha also has her own solo music projects, and she plays as Dashenka. You should check out her songs on her soundcloud page Dashenka Sings. Maybe you’ll want to watch her play at Laurelthirst Pub at 9:30 tomorrow night, May 9. Or if you miss that you can watch her play on May 31st at the Old Church downtown with a harpist and an upright bassist opening for Amento Abiento for Kind Arts Benefit for Low Income Seniors and Adults with Disabilities. She’ll be donating some of her prints for the silent auction. Oh, her prints! She is a visual artist too. You should check out some of her illustrations here on her website Dasha Draws. She has some of her prints for sale now around town at Tender Loving Empire, Townshend’s Tea House on Alberta, Compound Gallery, Wanderlust Vintage, and she will have a summer art show going up in July at Back Talk. Also THIS WEEK she made her first brass ring and bracelet at The Make House with Lauren of Revere Metals as her magical master teacher, she surfed some waves at Short Sands, and translated her first poem from English to Russian (which happens to be a poem of mine from Fjords called “What Would Kill Me”). Dasha was born in Moscow and lived there until she was 9 and is pretty much Russian-American, so she knows how to speak Russian. She is really good at cartwheels and does them a lot, mostly in hallways and movie theater lobbies. Her karaoke song is “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork. She has a swan tattoo on her arm that makes me think of Bjork, but I’ve never asked her about that really. She apparently only drinks old man drinks like Sazeracs, Old Fashioneds, or a Whiskey soda with bitters and a lime, but I saw her drink a Rainier a few days ago. Anyway, because all of these things, especially because she has a solo show at Laurelthirst tomorrow, Dasha is this week’s Person of the Week.
Because Dasha spent a lot of time on the road with Brainstorm, she had to leave her job and is now looking for another in town. She’s up for barbacking, food service, music venue stuff, translating, nannying, restaurant or illustrative/art stuff. You should hit her up if you know of something.
Please submit your suggestions for next week’s Person of the Week to me via email.